Cacao is one of the richest plant-based sources of iron & antioxidants. Cacao has anti-inflammatory, brain, nervous systems and heart-healthy nutrients making cacao a delicious food as a medicinal drink. Cacao is bitter; bitter flavours are great for stimulating our digestive enzymes and boosting our metabolism.
I drink pure unprocessed cacao powder every single day – warm in winter and cold in summer. I find there is something very deeply nourishing and satisfying about drinking cacao. It is a great little pick-me-up and something I have when I want something with some-body & depth to it, a drink-snack of sorts.
We are talking pure cacao powder – not “dutch processed” (aka chemically processed). No sugar or hot chocolate stuff added blend – just straight powder. Spice it with a little cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, pumpkin spice, | cake spice blend. Add walnut milk for a truly hormone balancing treat. Sweeten with a dash of Maple Syrup if you need to take the edge off the bitter.
Recipes have ingredients with anti-inflammatory nutrients and avoid common inflammatory foods like sugar, gluten, dairy and processed food. A whole food diet rich in anti-inflammatory foods can help relieve symptoms of inflammation within the body. Inflammation is at the root of most disease = dis-ease.
Heart Healthy recipes have lots of whole grains, fruits & vegetables. A diet rich in plant foods, low in refined fatty foods can help lower cholesterol.
Iron is a mineral essential for building red blood cells, carrying oxygen to lungs & tissues, cellular energy metabolism, healthy brain & immune functions.
Foods high in Iron;
Spinach, kale, parsley, nettles, seaweed, algae, leafy greens, potato skin
Red meat, poultry, liver, fish, shellfish - sardines,
Tofu, Black Beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, Beans
Quinoa, Teff, Oats, Buckwheat, Rice, Millet, Barley, Wheat
Seeds pumpkin & squash, pistachios, hemp, flax, almonds, cashews, cacao, dark chocolate,
Dried fruits apricots, raisins, molasses
Brain Healthy recipes have ingredients that support healthy brain and tissue repair, growth and development, cognitive function and memory
Anti-oxidant are phytonutrients that can help slow & prevent cellular damage from free radicals that can cause disease. Many plants contain anti-oxidants.
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Hot Cacao – Chocolate
BOIL the kettle.
POUR boiled water into a mug with cacao powder + your flavour additions Walnut Milk is lush.
STIR, sip & enjoy your food as medicine treat!
EXTRA CREAMY heat up Milk of your choice instead of water.
SWEETEN with maple syrup, date sugar or sweetener of your choice.
SPICED* add a pinch of spice; cinnamon, vanilla, cayenne, pumpkin spice, | cake spice blend.
MAKE it iced like you would a smoothie.
FAIR TRADE please buy fair trade cacao and chocolate to support the people that grow our food.